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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Sloman)
Subject: Re: Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks
Date: 4 Jan 2003 15:38:20 -0800
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Fred Bloggs wrote in message news:<3E17289F.firstname.lastname@example.org>...
> Bill Sloman wrote:
> > Are you sure? In the state of Victoria in Australia in the 1960's, the
> > police surgeon John Birrell, put together the statistics on the blood
> > alcohol levels of road accident victims as measured at autopsy, and found
> > that something like a third of the victims had levels that would leave a
> > social drinker incapable of walking, let alone driving. Heavy drinkers
> > (alcoholics) can function ostensibly normally at these sorts of blood
> > alcohols levels, and are heavily over-represented amongst road accident
> > victims.
> And that is precisely why the law is ineffective. These hard-core
> alcoholics will not be put off by the law- they will continue to drive
> anyway - they are almost never less than a 0.2.
Victoria has random breathalyser checks to catch just such people.
Every now and then the police set up shop at a suitable intersection
and pull in every car and get the driver to breath into the gear. You
can expect to be checked once every few years - more often if you are
on the road at times when they expect drunks to be driving.
First time around you lose your driving license for six months or a
year - or get curfewed so you can only drive from 7am to 7pm (as
happened to one of my close relatives - who doesn't seem to be an
Do it again and you are looking at a prison term - it definitely
affects people's attitudes.
Bill Sloman, Nijmegen
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